Bears Overcome 22-Point Deficit To Beat St. Amant And Remain Undefeated
The #2 ranked Bears spotted a 22-0 lead to the streaking St. Amant Gators in the first half, before roaring back to a week eight win by a score of 31-28. The Bears fought through the adversity of giving up a safety on their first offensive play; fumbling a punt return to give the Gators favorable field position; and giving the Gators an easy touchdown drive after a high snap over the punter’s head.
CHS went to halftime down 25-10 after Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored on an electric 65 yard run and Parker Fontenot split the uprights on a field goal just before half.
In the second half, the home team outscored the #10 ranked Gators, 21-3. James Berrigan capped a long opening third quarter drive with a short plunge into the end zone. Parker Fontenot added another field goal to put the Bears down by eight ,and then Vernon Langley made a highlight reel catch in the corner of the end zone to pull within two points with just 6:26 left in the game. Zach Crawford connected with Ben Miles for the two point conversion to tie the game. After the defense shut down the Gators on the next drive, the Bears drove inside the ten yard line, where Parker Fontenot provided the winning points for his team.
Leading the defense were Kam Cummings with a fumble recovery and return to set up a field goal for his team just before half; Patrick Mensah with four pass breakups; Jared Small, James DeLee, and Kael Howard for dominating play as part of the front seven; and Jonathan Mestayer for continuing to deliver intimidating hits to the opponent.
The Gators drop to 7-1 and 2-1 in District 5-5A play, while your Bears are now 8-0 and 3-0 with two regular season games remaining on the ten game slate.
The Bears will travel to Geismar on Friday, October 28, to tussle with Dutchtown. In the last two meetings, the Bears were embarrassed by the Griffons.
The Griffins are 3-5 overall with a 1-2 district record, and lost their week eight contest to East Ascension, 24-0. Besides EA, Dutchtown has lost to Broadmoor and Zachary, the three common opponents that the Griffins and Bears share. Dutchtown is led by Benny Saia, the only head coach in the school’s history.
Photos by Bob Brummel
Read the incredible story in The Advocate’s recap of the game.